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"Acho’s gregariously pragmatic delivery educates with clarity and makes the book come alive." (Booklist)

This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation.

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have”. So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all 50 states. 

“There is a fix”, Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations”. 

In Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many White Americans are afraid to ask - yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism”. 

In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the listener's curiosity - but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight. 

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Thank you!

I truly appreciate the insights shared in this book. I now hope to use those to better my participation in society as a white woman.

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my eyes have been opened

Acho provides an education I needed very badly. he delivers it with such generosity.

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Must read

This book is a must read by everybody. But especially by people who want to understand what racism looks like, our part in creating it and more importantly our part in changing it.
Thank you Emmanuel for shining your light and helping us see.
Let’s get to work people!

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Beyond Expectations

I listened to the audio book as I was reading the book so I could hear it from the perspective of a black man and it's even more powerful than reading it on my own and depending on the voice in my head.

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Even better than the YouTube series!

I love this guy! I never heard of him before the pandemic but he's amazing. If you want to be an ally then listen to this book. White people may find it easier to digest than White Fragility. Emmanuel comes off as approachable, open and educated.
I'll be referring this to my white friends and other people that want me to educate them on the plight of Blacks.

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  • Kiley
  • 2020-11-11

Enlightening!

To say I loved this book is an understatement. I’m a white, middle-aged woman living in a predominantly white, upper class society. I’d like to be an ally for the marginalized and oppressed, and this book was so informative. I know I need to continue to educate myself in order to help educate others like me, so that we can see racism from the perspective of people of color. Mr. Acho references several books/articles & interviews that can help to broaden our understanding of black culture and the ongoing need for white Americans to join the movement towards equality. Thanks for writing this book.

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  • Victoria Garcia
  • 2020-11-13

America needs this book!

Thank you Emmanuel for writing this book. People need to have uncomfortable conversations so that we can change and learn to hear each other. I hope this book serves as a beacon to all who read it.

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  • adam r sheehan
  • 2020-11-12

A must read

How Emmanuel talks about topics of race is easy to digest, actionable, and over good for your soul.

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  • Jessica L. Campbell
  • 2020-11-13

must read

everyone needs this book.
there should not be a debate on ending racism
must read

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  • Adam O.
  • 2021-01-07

Some good points but....

I found this book informative in a lot of different aspects. But he glosses over some statistics and harps on others. Specifically glosses over single parenthood situation in most African-American communities. Also and probably my biggest issue is the fact he promotes the weather underground a domestic terrorist group the blew federal buildings and killed 3 of their own people.

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  • Rhonda, Wichita Falls TX
  • 2020-11-15

Full on

Emmanuel- thank you for answering His call. Your full on approach helped me learn a great amount about black culture and about myself! Praying for healing of our nation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-14

A Needed book

I am a Afro Latina woman and just wanted to say this book is needed in this world right now. Thank you for taking the time educate us and also all the book recommendations.

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  • Riverside
  • 2020-11-12

Highly recommended

Excellent read. I recommend it for all my white friends or black friends still wondering how to give a give a civil answer.

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  • Amanda R
  • 2020-11-18

Incredible extension to continue the conversation

I thoroughly enjoy each episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man! I could have been more excited to hear the book when it was released. I appreciated Emmanuel taking questions that were provoked from the videos and doing deeper dives to further the perspective. The video productions always leave me wanting more and this is no different. I can’t wait to see more of his work as he looks to breakdown barriers in society!

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  • Tim Milligan
  • 2021-01-11

Different but true.

Although I don't necessarily agree with everything Emmanuel Ocho says in the book. I do feel the book gives great insight into understanding a different culture; and it does make strides in helping bridge the gap between white and black understanding of each other.

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